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Dec 30 09:07

Syrian Army Deploys to Manbij in New Alliance With Kurds: Turkey says Kurds have no authority to invite Syrian army into major Syrian city

With Turkey’s imminent invasion of Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria expected to begin any day, the Kurdish YPG has quickly secured a new alliance with the Syrian government. Within short order, the Syrian Army has arrived in the city of Manibj, on the Euphrates River, to help with its defense.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that this first deployment is of over 300 Syrian troops, with military spokesmen saying they are to deploy on the city’s outskirts with the goal of “defeating all invaders and occupiers.” There are US and French troops still within the city of Manbij itself, and Turkish-backed rebels advancing on the city from the north, with the expectation that this will be the first target of the new Turkish invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps this consolidation between Kurds and the Syrian government will work well for both parties.

And I am sorry; the Turkish government has absolutely no right to chastise the Syrian government from doing anything it wants within its sovereign territory; but it will get dicey if Turkey, a NATO country, winds up attacking US, Another NATO country, or Iranian, or Russian troops still working in the area.

Dec 29 13:15

Scott Adams: Climate Change, AOC Sexism, Sonic Weapons, Syria and Open Borders

AOC’s sexist tweet to her critic
Sonic weapon used against two of our embassies?
Mass hysteria, no weapon or culprit will ever be found
Challenge: Find me somebody, anybody who wants open borders
I’ve never met anyone who wants open borders, why?
Kurds are concerned about US pullout and attack by Turkey
Turks consider our Kurd allies to be terrorists
Shouldn’t we know why? Nobody seems to report why
Is the world safer today than it has ever been?
Hyper-connectivity benefits the world, makes us safer
Challenge: Provide a link to your BEST article on climate change
I’ll tweet the best arguments for both sides
Climate change arguments are very persuasive viewed alone
“Climate change is a scam” arguments…also persuasive

Dec 29 09:58

Syrian Army Deploys to Manbij in New Alliance With Kurds

With Turkey’s imminent invasion of Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria expected to begin any day, the Kurdish YPG has quickly secured a new alliance with the Syrian government. Within short order, the Syrian Army has arrived in the city of Manibj, on the Euphrates River, to help with its defense.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that this first deployment is of over 300 Syrian troops, with military spokesmen saying they are to deploy on the city’s outskirts with the goal of “defeating all invaders and occupiers.” There are US and French troops still within the city of Manbij itself, and Turkish-backed rebels advancing on the city from the north, with the expectation that this will be the first target of the new Turkish invasion.

Dec 29 05:07

2019 Year of Failure of US Plots, Victory of Resistance Front

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, referred to the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria and the Arab states' decision to reopen their embassies in Damascus, stressing that 2019 will bring failure for Washington and victory for the resistance front.

"The year 2019 will be the year of victories (for the resistance) and failure for the US plots in the region and return of honor to the regional states," Atwan said in an interview on Friday.

"Syria won because it resisted and the Arab countries are happily reopening their embassies in Damascus>>>

US Fighter Jets, Helicopters Spotted over Manbij as Turkish Troops Cross Syria Border

Dec 27 14:29

Turkey reveals locations of French military bases in Syria

For the second time this year, the Turkish state-owned media has revealed the locations of the French military bases in Syria

“In four of nine military locations the French are protected by Americans, and in the rest, they operate under the protection of PKK,” the Anadolu Agency said.

The article highlighted the French bases that were mostly located in Syria’s northeastern region, including the border governorate of Al-Hasakah.

Dec 27 10:37

TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS PREPARING TO REPLACE US FORCES IN SYRIA - NEWS FROM ANTIWAR.COM

Turkey-backed rebel fighters in Syria are gearing up for a major deployment into northeastern Syria, with an eye on replacing the US ground troops in the area. Turkey is planning to invade in the course of this replacement, and is coordinating with the US and the pullout and deployment.

President Trump has said the withdrawal will be “slow,” and there has been no public timetable on troop movements. The rebels in question, however, are moving closer to the city of Manbij, which Turkey has indicated will be the first target.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the situation in comments to reporters on Tuesday, saying that while the timeline of deployment may be related to coordination with the US, Turkey remains “determined” to expel the Kurds from Syria’s northeast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To where, please is Turkish FM Cavusoglu "determined" to expel the Kurds from Syria's Northeast?

I think the short, honest answer is, to the kingdom of genocide and slaughter, given the opportunity,given the reality that the Kurds are on both Turkey's and the US's terror watch list.

However, there was something President Trump said at Ramstein, which rather unnerved me, and it has taken time to find, because it has been nearly completely obliterated by most of the coverage of President and Mrs.Trump's trips to Iraq and Germany, given by the presstitutes. And bless "thelocal.de, for reporting it: https://www.thelocal.de/20181227/trumps-surprise-visit-to-germany

The statement is as follows:

"On Wednesday, Trump said "we've knocked them out," although he appeared to hedge his bets – following widespread criticism that his victory declaration is premature – when he added that Iraq might be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

This to me, begs the question: are some of the US military about to be tactically redeployed in Iraq, for some future attack against Syria, and is that statement supposed to "prep" the American people for its happening, shortly down the road?!?

President Trump may well believe he has time to make his case for this, in terms of more troops in Iraq, because the Iraqi government has become paralyzed between two Shiia Factions, as reported earlier this month by Reuters: Shi'ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq's government

But the question is, how long can he wait, if the war in Syria does not go the way he wants, even with the upcoming Turkish intervention?!?

Is the Turkish government looking to annex those areas of Syria's northeast?!?

We will have to see, as the situation unfolds; Israel, of course, is always the wild card here, and I am hoping (and praying) that the Russians, generally the adults in the room in the world of geopolitics, will have a calming effect long-term.

Dec 26 13:45

Turkey's Growing Threats Against Greece

Authored by Debalina Ghoshal via The Gatestone Institute,

The one issue on which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his opposition are in "complete agreement" is the "conviction that the Greek islands are occupied Turkish territory and must be reconquered."

"So strong is this determination that the leaders of both parties have openly threatened to invade the Aegean." – Uzay Bulut, Turkish journalist.

Ankara's ongoing challenges to Greek land and sea sovereignty are additional reasons to keep it from enjoying full acceptance in Europe and the rest of the West.

According to a recent statement from Greece's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

"Greek-Turkish disputes over the Aegean continental shelf date back to November 1973, when the Turkish Government Gazette published a decision to grant the Turkish national petroleum company permits to conduct research in the Greek continental shelf west of Greek islands in the Eastern Aegean.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, this is really about oil, and who gets to develop it?!?

And Turkey is threatening Greece with war, if it won't release these islands to Turkish sovereignty?!?

Edrogan is just crazy enough to believe that his military can, and should do this, and that such an action may well be timed for a quick deployment. Why do I say this?!?

Just look at the following, all happening so closely in time right now.

President Trump is consumed by his demand that the Democrats give him money for the wall between the US and Mexico, so the American Congress is in partial shutdown; Israel is planning a major military campaign against Syria, and/or Lebanon; Turkey has declared its own war on Syria, and most Americans are in a tryptophan coma from too much turkey celebrating Christmas, and won't recover from their slumbers until well after the New Year.

New Year comes this year on next Tuesday; and if I were a betting person, I would almost be willing to bet that we will probably be seeing major events and military encounters by that point in time.

Dec 26 12:10

Turkey amasses troops at border as operation against Syria’s Kurds looms (VIDEO)

Turkey has sent massive reinforcements to areas in its south, in preparations for a push into Syria’s northeast. As troops roll to the border, the country’s top officials have made bellicose remarks, vowing to fight “terrorism.”
A large Turkish military unit has been filmed in the town of Karkamis at the Turkey-Syria border. Right across it lies the Syrian town of Jarablus, controlled by the Turkey-backed Syrian anti-government militants since mid-2016, when Turkey left the territory during operation Euphrates Shield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you are so inclined, please pray for those innocents, women, children, and the medically fragile elderly, who will be caught in the cross fire of these attacks.

And we have a companion story on this, also through antiwar.com:

The Kurds must now choose between loyalty to Syria; or defeat by Turkey

Dec 26 08:35

Turkey Doesn't Need Permission from Israel or Anyone to Fight Terror - Ankara

The Turkish government spokesperson made the statement following a Twitter outburst from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called Turkish President Erdogan "the occupier of northern Cyprus" and accused his forces of massacring "women and children in Kurdish villages."

Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has announced that Ankara intends to continue its fight against terrorism without seeking consent from other countries, Hurriyet Daily News reported on Tuesday.

"It is out of the question for Turkey to get permission or consent from Israel or any other country [to fight terror]," he told journalists after a cabinet meeting.

Dec 26 08:27

‘Head of state terror’ v ‘anti-Semitic dictator’: Netanyahu and Erdogan trade insults

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became locked in a heated war of words over the weekend, accusing each other of committing massacres against civilians.

In a tweet posted on Saturday, Benjamin Netanyahu referred to Erdogan as an “occupier of northern Cyprus,” saying that the Turkish Army “massacres women and children in Kurdish villages.”

Dec 26 07:23

Ankara warns France against supporting US-backed Kurdish militia

Turkey has warned France against protecting a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria, AFP reports. “If France is staying to contribute to Syria’s future, great, but if they are doing this to protect the [militia], this will bring no benefit to anyone,” Hurriyet daily quoted Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying. Washington’s decision to pull out all 2,000 ground forces from Syria has stunned most allies, including France, but was greeted with approval by Turkey.

Dec 25 09:22

Ex-NATO Commander Wesley Clark To CNN: Did Erdogan Blackmail Trump?

Former NATO commander Wesley Clark told CNN Monday morning that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan night have blackmailed President Trump into withdrawing US forces from Syria. The retired U.S. Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander posed the following explosive question during a CNN live interview on Monday:

"You have to ask, why was the decision made? People around the world are asking this and our allies in the Middle East are asking, did Erdogan blackmail the president? Was there a payoff or something? What was it? Why would a guy make a decision like this?"

Dec 25 07:41

Trump 'Accepts Erdogan's Invitation' To Visit Turkey In 2019

Turkish presidential spokesperson says US president wants to make the trip next year but no date has been set.

US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation by his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to visit the country, according to a spokesperson for Turkey's leader.

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(*WHY ? if out means out , and we're getting out of Syria so Americans can put America First and other players can do as they see fit in the place ?
If There's Always A Catch , and let's face it , there always is , this sounds , albeit , to me , like the first snag )

Dec 24 13:06

Turkey FM labels Netanyahu 'a cold-blooded killer'

Turkey has hit out at Israel's "lawless occupation" of Palestinian territory after the Israeli prime minister accused Turkey of "massacres" against Kurds in a new war of words.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu labelled Benjamin Netanyahu "a cold-blooded killer of modern times", in a Tweet on Sunday, adding that the prime minister was "responsible for massacres of thousands of innocent Palestinians".

Relations between Turkey and Israel have been tense this year over multiple issues including a controversial law passed by the Israeli parliament in July which defined the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Dec 24 13:05

Would Israel Attack Turkish Troops in Syria in Order to Drag America Back Into The War?

Of the multiple aerial attacks that Israel has committed against Syria since the beginning of the present conflict, all have been in western Syria. Israel’s proximate justification for these illegal attacks is that it seeks to target Iranian and Iran allied forces in Syria (aka Hezbollah and Popular Mobilisation Units). In reality, the attacks also seek to weaken Syria’s own military assets which have counter-intuitively become stronger as the conflict has worn on. Seeing as Iranian military advisers, Hezbollah and Syrian troops have all been widely present in western Syria, Israel stands a chance of striking men or assets belonging any combination of Syrian troops, Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters when attacking western Syria.

Dec 24 06:56

Here’s what may be driving a US troop withdrawal from Syria

Reports of a total and immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria come amid heightening tensions — and growing risk of military confrontation — between the U.S. and Turkey.

Turkish forces want to push their troops into Syria. The U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds want to keep the Turkish forces out. And the U.S. has struggled for months to keep both players happy.

A confrontation between the U.S and Turkey, officially NATO allies, would create a geopolitical crisis at the heart of the world’s most powerful military alliance

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Dec 23 09:52

‘Teach Them a Lesson’: Israel’s Netanyahu, Turkey’s Erdogan Bicker Over Morals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took time from his busy schedule to snipe at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, claiming that Ankara cannot claim the moral high ground over Tel Aviv as long as Turkey continues to attack the Kurds.

The Turkish and Israeli leaders exchanged mutual accusations on Saturday, with Erdogan claiming in a speech that Jews "beat women and children who are prone on the floor," and Netanyahu accusing the Turks of harassing the Kurdish population of Turkey.

"The Jews in Israel kick people laying on the ground. In fact, Jews don't kick men but also women and children when they fall on the ground," Erdogan said during a Saturday speech at an Istanbul meeting of the Turkey Youth Foundation, referring in particular to Palestinian victims of Israeli violence.

Dec 22 06:22

More Turkish Forces, Allied Militants Killed in Clashes with Kurds in Northern Syria

A number of Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed militants were killed or wounded in the Kurdish militias' attacks in occupied Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo, a Kurdish media outlet reported on Saturday.

(* The "Thank You Kurds and Turks alike for standing with us , but we no longer have need of your services" pink slip from Trump , has yet to flash by on any US Fake NEWS media outlet's bottom line ticker )

Dec 21 12:04

Defense Officials: Trump Decided to Leave Syria After Call to Turkey’s Erdogan

According to US defense officials familiar with the situation, President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria was made following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This talk came following Erdogan’s threat last week to invade Kurdish eastern Syria, where US forces are deployed. Officials say that Erdogan essentially warned the US forces to “get out of the way” of the invasion.

US officials had been warning Erdogan against the invasion before that call. Immediately following the call, Erdogan claimed to have been given Trump’s blessing to go ahead with the invasion. It’s not clear, but the implication seems to be that Trump has agreed to get out of the way.

Other reports indicate that there have been debates of US policy in Syria, with respect to Turkey, for awhile, with some arguing that the US alliance with the Syrian Kurds was always temporary, and that the US alliance with Turkey is a long-term priority.

Dec 21 11:55

US approves Patriot missile sale worth $3.5bn to Turkey

The United States has said it approved a sale of $3.5bn in missiles to Turkey amid tensions between the NATO allies over Ankara's plans to buy them from Russia.

The State Department on Wednesday said it had informed the US Congress of plans to sell Turkey a Patriot package that includes 80 Patriot missiles, 60 PAC-3 missile interceptors and related equipment.

"The proposed sale will increase the defensive capabilities of the Turkey military to guard against hostile aggression and shield NATO allies who might train and operate within Turkey's borders," a statement said.

Ankara a year ago announced a deal to buy S-400 missiles from Russia, drawing rebuke from its allies in NATO, a bloc originally formed as a bulwark against the former Soviet Union.

Dec 21 09:23

Turkey to delay operation in Syria, Erdogan says as US plans to withdraw troops

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would postpone a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria as he “cautiously” welcomed Washington’s decision to withdraw its troops in the area. “We had decided last week to launch a military incursion in the east of the Euphrates river… Our phone call with [US President Donald Trump], along with contacts between our diplomats and security officials and statements by the US, have led us to wait a little longer,” he said in a speech in Istanbul, according to Reuters.

Dec 20 07:21

Turkish Army Reinvigorates Military Positions at Borders to Prepare for Operations in Eastern Syria

The Turkish army continues dispatching military convoys to the borders with Syria to kick off an assault on the Kurds in Eastern Euphrates as the US declared withdrawal from the Syrian territories.
Field sources in Northern Syria reported on Wednesday that the Turkish army has sent several more military convoys, including vehicles and personnel-carriers, to the borders with Syria.

They added that the military convoys which consisted of several military vehicles, personnel carriers and forces reached Hatay at the Southern borders with Syria from Gaziantep.

Also, one of the commanders of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) namely Zakaria Qarsli said that the FSA militants stationed in Jarablus in Northern Aleppo are prepared for the zero hour to start the offensive in Eastern Euphrates, adding that the first target of the operations is Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo.

Meantime, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted a Turkish military source as saying that based on an agreement between the US and Turkey, the American forces will withdraw from the bordering areas which will witness the first stage of the military operations.

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Dec 20 07:17

US to Withdraw From Syria-Turkey Border Outposts to Buy Time for Pullout

Having just built multiple observation posts in Syria, along the Turkey border, US officials say the military is going to quickly withdraw from them, as part of an effort to buy some time with Turkey as they complete a full US pullout from Syria.

The observation posts were presented by the Pentagon as a confidence-builder for Turkey, to give them warning if any Kurdish forces got too close to the border. Turkey’s President Erdogan was deeply critical of the move, saying the US was really observing the Turkish military to prevent them attacking the Kurds.

Ironically, ditching the posts is intended to prevent the exact same thing, with hopes that this will please Erdogan, and that the US will be able to keep Erdogan talking, and not invading, for awhile. At least long enough to get the US troops out of Syria.

Dec 20 07:05

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for “exchanges of fire.”

Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that, within days, he will launch a military thrust against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, regarding them as allies of the PKK terrorist organization inside Turkey.

Vladimir Putin just flew two Tu-160 nuclear capable bombers to Venezuela. Ukraine claims Russia is amassing tanks on its border.

How did the United States, triumphant in the Cold War, find itself beset on so many fronts?

Dec 20 07:00

'Triumph for Erdogan' as US announces Syria pull-out

Trump's claim that ISIL has been defeated contradicted his own experts' assessments and shocked his Middle East allies.
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The departure of 2,000 US troops from Syria, where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have acted as the United States' boots on the ground in the war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), will give Ankara greater scope to drive the Kurdish fighters away from its border.

Two days before the statement, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his US counterpart had responded positively to a his plan to invade the area of northeast Syria controlled by the SDF.

"There is little doubt that [Erdogan] welcomes it as a major diplomatic gain which clears the way for a third Turkish military advance into northern Syria," said Bulent Aliriza, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Turkey Project in Washington.

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(*Prior to The Trump 60 Patriot missile strike on Syria of 2017 , the president informed us his intention was to leave Syria , and let others clean up our mess , for us .)

Dec 20 06:42

Erdogan: New military operation in Syria to 'start at any moment'

Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey's plans.

Erdogan's remarks on Monday came days after he announced Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

The YPG is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara. American troops are also located to the east of the Euphrates River.

US clears $3.5bn Patriot missile sale to Turkey

Dec 19 08:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 19, 2018: RUSSIAN PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTOR KILLED IN NEW ROUND OF ESCALATION IN NORTHERN LATAKIA

A former servicemen of the Russian Airborne Troops, Aleksandr Dudchenko, has been killed by a mortar shelling in northern Latakia, according to reports in Russian media outlets.

The incident reportedly took place near the town of Kinsaba, where Dudchenko came under fire from the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL). Local sources say that he was among Russian private military contractors that operate in the country.

During the past few weeks, the NFL, other pro-Turkish militant groups as well as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies violated the ceasefire regime in the Idlib de-escalation zone multiple times. On some parts of the contact line, such as northern Hama, they even carried out limited ground attacks, which were repelled.

Dec 18 10:57

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 18, 2018: US ‘LOCAL PARTNERS’ ARE ABOUT TO BE SOLD TO TURKEY

Turkey is ramping up its military preparations and propaganda campaign ahead of a possible attack on the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northeastern Syria.

On December 17, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) can start an “operation any moment now in Syrian territory at any place, especially along the 500-kilometer border, without harming U.S. soldiers”.

He recalled his demands that Kurdish armed groups must least the border region, first of all the area of Manbij. “If they don’t go, we will send them,” Erdogan said adding that US President Trump has gave a positive response to the expected TAF operation.

Dec 18 10:29

MAJOR: Trump Plans To Withdraw Occupying Troops From Syria

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that US President Donald Trump will be withdrawing US troops from Syria. Washington has not yet commented on this statement.

“US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw [the troops] from Syria,” the minister said on Sunday.

The coalition of more than 70 countries led by the US is claiming to be carrying out military operations against terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Coalition attacks in Syria are not authorized by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government or by the UN Security Council, and instead has killed thousands of civilians and Syrian Army soldiers who are fighting against Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Turkey are also illegally operating with their military in Syria to fight against Kurdish forces.

Dec 18 09:28

Photos show terrorists’ tanker trucks smuggling Syrian oil to Turkey and Iraq under US protection

Recent satellite images and photos taken by Russian aerial reconnaissance showed convoys of tanker trucks belonging to terrorist groups located east of the Euphrates River that smuggle Syrian petroleum to Turkey and Iraq under direct cover from the USA and its illegal coalition.

The Russian Defense Ministry had repeatedly affirmed that the Turkish government is the main consumer of petroleum smuggled by Daesh (ISIS) from Syria and Iraq>>>

Dec 18 06:11

Faced with tough choices, Turkey may play by Russia’s rules

A deal on the Syrian Constitutional Committee is expected to be signed in Geneva on December 18. Russian, Turkish and Iranian top diplomats are due to hold a meeting as well. Ahead of the talks, officials in Ankara made an important statement. They do not rule out a change in Tukey‘s stance on Syrian President Bashar Assad, if he is reelected in transparent and democratic elections, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. The biggest problem was the formation of a civil group, which will account for one-third of the Constitutional Committee, Yuri Barmin, an expert with the Russian International Affairs Council, explained to the paper. "There is the government delegation, the opposition delegation, and one delegation should consist of representatives from civil society. There were some problems with that, because the parties were unable to come to terms on specific individuals.

Dec 17 12:13

Turkish foreign minister mentions first arrests of FETO members in US

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) started to make arrests of the members of the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO), an Islamic social movement prohibited in Turkey, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Monday. The current Turkish government accuses FETO of an attempted coup in July 2016. "The FBI are carrying out [investigative] activities in 15 states concerning the FETO case. In [the state of] New Jersey, arrests have already begun," the TRT channel quotes the minister. On Sunday, the Turkish top diplomat stated that the US side is considering the possibility of extraditing FETO leader Fethullah Gulen. On July 15, 2016, a group of Turkish soldiers and officers attempted to stage a coup d’·tat and overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. About 250 civilians were killed in clashes in Istanbul and Ankara, over 2,000 were injured.

Dec 17 10:32

ERDOGAN: Turkey can start an operation on the eastern coast of Euphrates at any moment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today that the Turkish Armed Forces can begin an operation against terrorists on the eastern coast of Euphrates, Anadolia reports.

"At any moment, we can launch a military operation in any part of the territory of Syria, and especially beyond 500 kilometers of our border," Erdogan said at a gathering at the Mevlana Square in Konya.

Erdogan said that Turkish forces completed all preparations for an operation aimed at neutralizing Kurdish units in the northeast of Syria.

Stressing that Turkey is ready to do everything to prevent the establishment of a "terrorist corridor" south of its border, Erdogan said that Turkish forces will certainly avoid threatening US troops east of the Euphrates River.

"I talked about this with US President Donald Tramp. Terrorists have to leave the eastern coast of Euphrates or we will remove them because they are disturbing us, "Erdogan said.

Dec 17 09:55

Turkey Will Keep Striking PKK in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s foreign ministry has issued a statement this weekend rejecting Iraq’s demand that they stop carrying out airstrikes against Iraqi territory. They say airstrikes against PKK forces in northern Iraq will continue as a “national security issue for Turkey.”

Turkey’s military reported killing eight PKK members in northern Iraq in a strike Friday. Iraq responded by summoning the ambassador, and complaining it was a violation of sovereignty that endangers Iraqi citizens.

Turkey has been attacking PKK targets in Iraq virtually since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and has made repeated military targeting of them a priority. As Iraq moves beyond its wars, however, the government is under growing pressure to get foreign airstrikes to stop.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iraq's military was completely gutted, throughout the US and the West's occupation of this country.

But we have a very interesting scenario which could happen here.

IF Turkey continues to reject both the US's and Iraq's demands to stop the bombing, is it possible, since Turkey "doesn't want to come to the table" about buying US weapons, that both NATO counties will find themselves at war?!?

Were I a betting person, I would not discard this possibility at all.

Dec 15 12:20

Researcher on Turkey Creating Black Sea Naval Base: Logical Policy Continuation

In an interview with Sputnik, Turkish and Russian experts have shared their views about the reasons for Ankara's decision to build a new naval base on the Black Sea coast in the Trabzon province, north-east of the country, and how it might affect the balance of forces in the Black Sea region.

The Turkish Ministry of National Defence has begun the construction of a naval base on the Black Sea coast in the Trabzon province, north-east of the country. It is noted that 400 military and 200 civilian specialists will work on the base.

The Turkish Parliament Deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti, AKP) from Trabzon, Salih Cora, noted that the Turkish Navy currently has a total of eight bases in the four seas around Turkey. The ninth Turkish naval base, which will be built in the area of Sürmene, Trabzon province in the port of Çamburnu, will provide logistics for the main components of the Turkish fleet: frigates, submarines, and military boats.

Dec 15 12:19

US-backed Kurdish militants slam Turkish threats as 'declaration of war'

The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish militants that maintains a grip on northeastern Syria, together with its component, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have censured Turkish threats of a new operation in the crisis-hit Arab country as a “declaration of war”, calling on world powers to stop the assault.

“All the forces in north and east Syria...are asked to agree on strategies to confront this aggression,” they said in a statement released on Friday.

Syrian Kurdish militant groups have vowed to fight “to the death” in the event of a new Turkish operation in northeastern Syria.

Dec 15 12:13

IRAQ SUMMONS TURKISH ENVOY OVER AIR STRIKES

Iraq’s foreign ministry on Friday summoned Turkey’s ambassador in Baghdad to protest over what it called repeated airspace violations, after Turkish warplanes earlier carried out strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Reuters reports.

Hours earlier, the Turkish military said on Twitter it had killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting the Zap, Hakurk and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq.

Turkey has regularly carried out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues his stated aim of ending the militant group’s presence near Turkey’s borders. Ankara has also threatened to launch a ground offensive in northern Iraq.

But Iraq’s foreign ministry said the air strikes were unacceptable “on all levels” and violated its sovereignty and the security of its citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; at what point is the US military, which is still sovereign in Iraq, because its military is in such lousy shape, post-Saddam Hussein, tell Turkey that it has had enough, and to stop running raids like this.

And after the US military has said "no mas", what is it , the Pentagon, White House, and State Department going to actually do to stop this?!?

This is made all the more complicated by the reality that both the US and Turkey are NATO members.

Dec 14 11:21

Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels ready to back Turkish operation in northeast

Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels are ready to join a Turkish military offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, but no date has been set for the operation, a spokesman for the main Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group said on Thursday.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey would launch the offensive in a few days, targeting a border region east of the Euphrates river which is held by the YPG Kurdish militia.

The announcement prompted a sharp rebuke from the Pentagon, which said any unilateral military action into northeast Syria would be unacceptable.

The United States has been supporting the YPG in the fight against Islamic State insurgents since 2015. Following cross-border shelling from Turkey into Kurdish-controlled territory two months ago, U.S. forces have set up three military observation posts near the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, let me get my head around this; the US government is supporting the Kurds in Syria, but Edrogan wants the Kurds completely out of Syria; so are we now looking at a war with a sister NATO member, if things don't go in the direction the US wants?!?

How in heaven's name, did we get here in Syria, a country which did not ask for our assistance, but has reached out to to Russia and Iran for military aid, which was granted?!?

What happens if we tick off the Russians, or attempt to break into Russian air space?!?

There are a myriad of bad scenarios possible, with this announced raid, that I have to wonder about Erdogan's sanity; is he looking at claiming that this area where the the fighting will happen, as part of Turkey?!? YIKES!!!

Dec 14 09:58

‘CLEANSE THEM’: TURKEY THREATENS TO SEND TROOPS TO SYRIA’S MANBIJ UNLESS US REMOVES KURDISH MILITIAS

The US must have Kurdish militias withdraw from the Syrian town of Manbij, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, otherwise he will order his troops to take the key settlement.

The threat, delivered during a speech in Istanbul, ramps up Erdogan’s rhetoric targeting the YPG militias. Earlier on Wednesday, he publicly complained that the US, which support the Kurds in northeastern Syria, is failing to deliver on its promise to clear Manbij of Kurdish fighters. Ankara considers Syrian Kurdish paramilitaries as an extension of the Turkey-based anti-government guerrillas and brands the YPG as terrorists.

“Manbij is a place where Arabs live, but they have surrendered the area to the terror organization,” the Turkish president told a judiciary conference. “Now we are saying that you should cleanse, remove them, or else we will enter Manbij. I am speaking very clearly.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US in a war with Turkey, a NATO ally, over Syrian territory?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would not necessarily bet against it.

Dec 13 11:28

Up to 15,000 rebels may back Turkey’s operation in NE Syria – spokesman

Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels are ready to join a Turkish military offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, a spokesman for the main Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group said on Thursday. There is no set date for the operation, which will start from both Syrian and Turkish territory, said the spokesman for the National Army, a Turkish-backed rebel force aimed at unifying disparate factions in northwest Syria.

Dec 13 10:28

Pentagon: Turkish Unilateral Action in Northeast Syria Would Be 'Unacceptable'

A Turkish unilateral military operation in northeast Syria if launched would be unacceptable and Ankara should consult with the United States to address the security situation, Defense Department spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson told Sputnik.

Earlier, Ankara announced that the Turkish military would launch an operation against Kurdish forces.

"Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern," Robertson said on Wednesday when asked about Turkey’s announcement. "We would find any such actions unacceptable… coordination and consultation between the US and Turkey is the only approach to address issues of security concern in this area."

Dec 13 10:28

Turkey’s Erdogan ‘Really Believes’ in anti-Kurdish Offensive, Regardless of Risk

On Wednesday, Turkey’s president announced an impending military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria, where the country has been part of a carefully orchestrated ceasefire since September. US forces, a NATO ally of Turkey, are present in the area.

"We will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days. Our target is never US soldiers," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech Wednesday. "This step will allow for the path to a political solution to be opened and for healthier cooperation."

Dec 13 09:29

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 13, 2018: TURKEY THREATENS US-BACKED KURDISH FORCES WITH NEW OPERATION

Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups in northern Syria.

During the Turkish Defense Industry Summit on December 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) “will launch an operation east of the Euphrates in a few days to save it from a separatist terrorist organization”. He slammed the plan of the US-led coalition to establish observation posts along the Syrian-Turkish border, but noted that the TAF will not attack US forces.

“It is clear that the purpose of U.S. observation points [in Syria] is not to protect our country from terrorists but to protect terrorists from Turkey,” Erdogan said.

Dec 12 15:03

Khashoggi PsyOp Series- Introduction: Who, What, How & Why - -- SIBEL EDMONDS newsbud

Whether in the Khashoggi case or any other case, the four main components of real investigative journalism consist of fact-finding and analyses of who, what, how and why. After spending nearly two months investigating this story, on the ground, in Turkey, and with access to inside sources and research material in multiple languages, I can assure you, with one-hundred-percent certainty, that none of those questions have been answered by the media

(ok. perhaps crisis actor label not suited here, STILL A SCAM- EVERY BIT of It!)

Dec 10 11:34

Sibel Edmonds - Khashoggi Case: A Massive PsyOp Concocted by CIA-MI6-Mossad

Sibel Edmonds - : A Massive Multi-Nation PsyOp

- Nothing They Say Is True;

Nothing!

Dec 05 11:53

Turkey's Economy Is A House of Cards - Consumer Debt Crisis Emerges

Turkey's soaring inflation, plunging currency, surging interest rates, and a collapsing stock market, has ended almost two decades of stable economic growth and the "good life" for Turkish consumers that started in 2001. Now, the greatest threat facing Turkey is a structural one: its desperate need for foreign financial resources.

A stable economic environment combined with easy access to global liquidity provided Turkey with abundant foreign resources.

The decade of expansionist monetary policies of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank enabled countries like Turkey to obtain cheap foreign resources and endowed Turkey with a rate of about 5% stable growth.

From 2003-2008, Turkey registered an annual growth of 5.9%. From 2009-2017, the rate of growth was 4.9% per year.

However, after 2014, there were signs the stable growth party was coming to an end. External expansionist policies were nearing an end and interest rate hike cycle was imminent.

Dec 05 11:07

Russia’s S-400 Superior To US Patriot Which “Didn’t Work” – Turkey’s FM Explains Why

According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the S-400 system purchased from Russia is vastly superior to the Patriot air defense system built by the US and this is why Turkey has chosen the former.

The Turkish FM explained that for about a decade Turkey attempted to buy air defense systems, including the MIM-104 Patriot, from the US, however the so-called high-end interceptor missile system simply “didn’t work” when put through tests.

Given that the Patriot failed to meet the Turkish military’s air defense requirements, Turkey then pursued options in other countries.

Cavusoglu claims that by the time Turkey got around to organizing a contract with Russia for the purchase of S-400 the military’s need for a modern highly-effective air defense system was “urgent”.

“[The] S-400 deal is done”, Cavusoglu reaffirmed. “Russia gave us the best deal and [now it] is the done deal and in the future let’s see, who is going to make the best proposal”.

Dec 04 13:45

RAND’S STAND: Sen. Paul Warns of ‘Growing Deep State’ After Being Blocked from CIA Briefing

"I know about the information of the CIA’s conclusions only by reading it in the media."

  • don't worry our friends in the media will fill us all in, with the official story
  • Nov 29 10:40

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOV. 29, 2018: US IS ESTABLISHING ‘OBSERVATION POSTS’ ON SYRIAN-TURKISH BORDER

    On November 28, Russian air-defense forces deployed intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Russian Hmeimim airbase in the province of Lattakia, according to local sources.

    The intercepted UAV was probably an armed UAV launched by militants in a fresh attempt to attack Russian personnel and aircraft deployed at Hmeimim. The resumption of UAV attacks on Russian facilities in Syria is another sign of the wanng influence of the de-militarization agreement on Idlib province. It’s highly unlikely that radical militants are going to abandon their hostile approach anytime soon if a military operation to punish them is not launched.

    Cells of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) continue their successful attacks on Turkey-led forces in the area of Afrin. On November 26, 4 members of the Hamza Division militant group were killed and 2 others were injured in an explosion of a YPG-planted IED on the road between the city of Afrin and the town of Basuta.

    Nov 29 09:24

    Not good news for the dollar? Russia and Turkey ditched US currency for S-400 missile system deal

    Both facing pressure from Washington, Moscow and Ankara ditched the US dollar when finalizing their landmark S-400 air defense missile systems deal and will do so in the future, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said.

    “We understand that if we’ll make transactions in [US] dollars, they won’t come through,” Putin told reporters on Wednesday, citing his recent talks with Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “So we thought up another option.”

    Speaking at a business forum in Moscow, the Russian president noted that the ‘dollar-less’ S-400s deal with Turkey is just one recent example of the approach the nations share. The same will apply to “other types of goods” as well, he stressed.

    “We don’t have a goal of abandoning from the dollar, but we are forced to do so. And, I assure you, we will do it,” Putin said, adding that it will ultimately make global trade more secure and efficient.

    Nov 27 04:07

    SOROS FOUNDATION TO CLOSE

    Soros foundation to close in Turkey after being bashed by Erdogan

    (*Because Erdogan hasn't learned The Art Of Letting Things Ferment and Reap Havoc like Our "Genius" Chief of The World Police has !)

    Nov 27 03:46

    US Sets Up Observation Posts Along Syria-Turkey Border

    The US has set up at least five observation posts alongside Turkey's border with Syria despite strong opposition by Ankara, a Kurdish commander said Monday. The Arabic-language Sharq al-Awsat quoted an unnamed Kurdish military commander as saying that the US forces started the operations to set up observation posts in regions under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces along Syria-Turkey border. "The US forces have set up three observation posts in Tal Abyaz region in Northern Raqqa and two others in Kobani in Northeastern Aleppo," the Kurdish commander said. He noted that the move by the US comes as Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had previously voiced displeasure over the US plan to set up observation posts along borders with Syria, and said the US measure will make the situation more complicated.

    Nov 26 11:50

    US Training 30,000 Syrian Kurdish Fighters to ‘Contain Iran’

    Following Defense Secretary James Mattis’ announcement that the US is building observation posts on the Syria-Turkey border, officials are also starting a training program for the Kurdish YPG’s Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    The plan is to train 30,000 more SDF fighters, which are being presented as a plan to both combat what ISIS fighters remain and to “contain Iran.” If the training plan is successful, it would bring the SDF to 90,000 fighters.

    There are reasons to be skeptical, however, as the US has had several training schemes for groups in Syria in the past, and has tended to produce but tiny fractions of their intended numbers. Even then, those newly-trained fighters have proved to be of limited effectiveness and questionable loyalty.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    But, if these fighters do wind up "defeating both Syrian and Iranian operatives, what happens then?!?

    Has Sec Def Mattis promised them a permanent "homeland", by telling them that it will let them occupy certain sections of Syria, permanently?!?

    And have Presidents Putin; and Al Assad;and Edrogan gotten the memo yet on this move?!?

    Nov 23 15:30

    Turkey charges Gulen, 27 others for killing of Russian ambassador

    Interesting development.

    Nov 23 11:13

    ESCOBAR: ERDOGAN, MBS, ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP, & THE PRICE OF SILENCE

    The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East...

    Call it the Gazprom double down. Nord Stream 1 and 2 supply northern Europe while TurkStream supplies southern Europe. Pipelines are steel umbilical cords. They represent liquid connectivity at its best while conclusively decreasing risks of geopolitical friction.

    The Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry are very much aware that the high-stakes game goes way beyond ‘Pulp Fiction’ in Istanbul and the Astana peace process on Syria – carefully micro-managed by both Putin and Erdogan alongside Iran’s Rouhani. The big prize is no less than the leadership of the Islamic world.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Putin, as usual, is no less than one thousand chess moves ahead of President Trump, in understanding how all this is going to be perceived globally, and how it can best benefit Russia and its allies.

    Nov 20 11:46

    Full stream ahead! Russia & Turkey officially complete construction of joint gas pipeline

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday participated in an official ceremony marking the completion of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline.
    The offshore section of the pipeline, which is 930km (578 miles) and runs along the bottom of the Black Sea, is designed to deliver Russian gas to the Turkish market. Russia’s Gazprom began construction of the section in May 2017.

    Nov 20 10:37

    TURKEY ATTACKS OWN PROXIES IN SYRIA, NETANYAHU NAMES HIMSELF DEFENSE MINISTER

    From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering and its allied groups. The Hamza Division, the Sultan Murad Division, the al-Sham Corps and the 3rd Corps participated in the operation on the side of the TAF. At least 25 militants were reportedly killed in the clashes.

    The formal explanation of the move is that members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering have been involved in looting and other crimes. However, this is not something uncommon for Turkish-backed groups, which participated in Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations.

    Local sources say that the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering has just become too independent in its decisions and Ankara has decided to punish it for this.

    Nov 19 10:55

    Hardline Turkish Paper Warns ‘War Will Break Out’ if Saudi Crown Prince Remains in Power

    Turkey’s Yeni Safak, a newspaper that supports President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published an editorial on Friday by its most energetic columnist, editor-in-chief Ibrahim Karagul, warning that war will erupt across the Middle East if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) remains in power after allegedly ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    “So, Saudi is going to execute five people and be done with it! That’s not going to happen; it’s going to be very difficult to get the prince out of this. A regional war is going to break out if the two crown princes don’t go! If the secret deals are disclosed, it will cause unrest on Arab streets,” Karagul thundered.

    That was not the first paragraph of his op-ed. That was the headline.

    Nov 19 10:35

    Gazprom completes sea section of Turkish Stream pipeline. Turkey expects first gas supplies via Turkish Stream in 2019

    Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in the completion ceremony in a video conference mode, a TASS correspondent reported. Putin gave the command to complete the construction of the Turkish Stream. After that CEO of Gazprom, Alexey Miller, ordered the Pioneering Spirit vessel to lower the gas pipeline pipe with a closing joint into the water.

    Nov 19 07:05

    Full stream ahead! Russia & Turkey officially complete construction of joint gas pipeline

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday participated in an official ceremony marking the completion of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline.

    The offshore section of the pipeline, which is 930km (578 miles) and runs along the bottom of the Black Sea, is designed to deliver Russian gas to the Turkish market. Russia’s Gazprom began construction of the section in May 2017.

    It will be continued by a 180km (112 miles) land transit line for gas supply to the countries of south and southeast Europe. The first deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2019.

    Nov 15 10:52

    FIVE SAUDIS FACE DEATH PENALTY OVER KHASHOGGI KILLING; CROWN PRINCE CLEARED

    Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to "interrogate" Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

    As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had "no knowledge" of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Well now, THAT sure didn't take long!!

    Nov 15 10:48

    White House Weighs Kicking Out Cleric Gulen From US To Appease Erdogan; Lira Surges

    In what is the most shocking geopolitical news of the day, NBC reports that the Trump administration is weighing extraditing the nemesis of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, cleric Fethulah Gulen who has been living for years in relative seclusion in rural Pennsylvania, from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    According to the NBC report, Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing the exiled Turkish cleric in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government. The effort includes directives to the Justice Department and FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status, four sources told NBC.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I am having a Jean-Luc Picard double face palm, upon reading this!!

    The White House HAS to know that this guy will get tortured to say ANYTHING Erdogan wants him to stay, and "publicly confess", and that he is able to absolutely bend DC to his will on this issue.

    Nov 14 09:26

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 14, 2018: TURKISH-PKK CONFLICT ESCALATES AMID FRESH PKK ATTACKS

    The People’s Defense Forces (HPG), a military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), claimed that it had attacked 6 military bases in the southern Turkish provinces of Hakkari and Sirnak on November 9 and November 10. The HPG stated that 17 Turkish soldiers were killed and 32 others were wounded as a result of the attack. 8 soldiers are also missing, according to the HPG.

    It should be noted that early on November 10 that the PKK also carried out an attack on several targets inside and south of the capital of Sirnak province with seven armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to Turkish sources, the UAVs failed to reach their targets due to technical failures and possible jamming by the Turkish military.

    Nov 13 12:46

    Turkey's "Sea Bandit" Threats Are Indirectly Aimed Against The US

    Turkish President Erdogan warned against so-called “sea bandits”.

    He was speaking in regards to the controversial issue of energy exploration in disputed Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean territories along his country’s maritime borders with Greece and Cyprus, the latter of which is comprised of a northeastern third that declared itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” and is only recognized by Ankara.

    Nov 12 12:28

    Turkey Announces Successful Test of ‘Sapan’ Railgun Hypervelocity Weapon

    Ankara announced that it successfully tested an electromagnetic kinetic weapon, joining a club of developers alongside Russia, the US, China, and India.

    Turkey announced a successful test of its new electromagnetic weapon — referred to as ‘railgun' — which shoots metallic projectiles at hypersonic speeds.

    Turkey is the fifth country in the world to develop the weapon, after Russia, the US, China and India.

    Nov 12 12:11

    Turkey Calls French Statements on Khashoggi Tapes 'Unacceptable'

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated Monday that France was in no possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as far as he was aware, with the remarks provoking utmost fury in Ankara.

    The Turkish side has branded French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's statement on the Khashoggi tapes inadmissible.

    "We find it unacceptable that he accused President Erdogan of 'playing political games'," communications director at the Turkish presidency Fahrettin Altun told AFP.

    "Let us not forget that this case would have been already covered up had it not been for Turkey's determined efforts," Altun stressed adding that the comments do not "reflect the facts."

    Nov 09 09:09

    JOURNALIST HUSNU MAHALLI GETS JAIL TERM FOR CALLING ERDOGAN 'DICTATOR'

    Syrian-Turkish journalist Husnu Mahalli has been handed down a 29-month prison sentence on charges of “insulting the president” and a suspended 20-month sentence for “insulting government officials,” after calling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “dictator”, online news outlet Diken reported on Thursday.

    The veteran journalist, who writes columns in prominent opposition daily Sozcu, was arrested in December 2016 for “insulting government figures” over social media, in his columns and on TV. He was released pending trial by an Istanbul court a month later on the grounds that he was not likely to escape and the prison term sought against him was not considered lengthy.

    In his defense during the sentencing hearing, Mahalli demanded his acquittal, stating that he was merely doing his job as a journalist. He said:

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I love the smell of irony in the morning.

    Erdogan did the one thing any dictator would do; punish this guy because he had an opinion.

    Did he absolutely not understand what the optics of this action would look like, once he ordered this guy arrested and charged?!?

    Nov 08 14:41

    US, Turkey Risk Direct Military Clash as They Escalate War in Syria

    As it pursues its war with US-backed Kurdish-nationalist organizations, the Turkish government is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria that could provoke war with Syria and a direct clash with US forces.

    On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced joint patrols by US forces and Kurdish-led militias as “unacceptable.” Speaking to reporters in Ankara, he said:

    “Not only can we not accept (the joint patrols), such a development will cause serious problems at the border.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This looks as though the situation for the American military could get very dicey, very quickly, and particularly if the Russians start shelling American positions, and US troops retaliate.

    But the bottom line here is, we shouldn't be in Syria in the first place! We were not invited, nor were the Turks; the Russians and Iranians were, and have been very successful in kicking out the jihadis.

    Nov 06 14:51

    The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

    Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

    Nov 06 14:49

    The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

    Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

    Nov 05 12:00

    Beware Turkey's Dangerous New Refugee Role

    Turkey, thanks to the United Nations, will now officially be in charge of deciding not only who is a refugee but also where he or she will be placed or transferred. Turkish state authorities have repeatedly threatened to flood Europe with refugees, such as President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's message to Europe in 2016:

    "You cried out when 50,000 refugees were at the Kapikule border. You started asking what you would do if Turkey would open the gates. Look at me -- if you go further, those border gates will be open. You should know that."

    Given the Turkish threats, this new official position for Turkey should be of concern.

    Nov 05 10:09

    US, Israel ‘concerned’ Bin Salman may be unable to advance normalisation

    US and Israeli officials “have expressed concern” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman “may have less leeway to pursue the gradual warming of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours”, following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported the Washington Post.

    According to the paper, US President Donald Trump’s chief Mideast envoy, son-in-law Jared Kushner, “has discussed with diplomats and others how the crown prince’s position might affect US plans”.

    The Post observed how “Israeli officials have become more vocal about separating the killing from the kingdom’s strategic value.”

    “What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday.

    Nov 04 09:02

    Turkey Seeks to Trade in National Currencies With Russia, China, Iran

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s recent remarks echoed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s earlier call to put an end to the dollar’s domination and begin trading in national currencies.

    Delivering an opening speech at the 18th session of the D-8 Council of Foreign Ministers in Antalya, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Ankara was looking to engage in trade with Russia, China and Iran using national currencies.

    “We are experiencing a period of trade wars. The best response against this would be using our local currencies in trade. Turkey is preparing to do trade in local currencies with countries such as China, Russia, Iran and Ukraine. We also continue such negotiations with other countries,” he said.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    So, what happens when no one wants to use the US dollar anymore with which to buy goods and services?!? What happens when to the American economy when that happens?!?

    If I have ever seen economic stupidity writ large, it is President Trump's sanctions against Russia, China, and Iran, which is forcing them to work even more closely together economically, and militarily.

    Nov 03 12:21

    Russia Isolated? US And Britain Excluded From Syria Summit

    There were several takeaways from the recent Quadrilateral Summit in Istanbul on finding a peaceful settlement to the war in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin convened with his counterparts from Turkey, Germany and France for a two-day summit last weekend in a convivial and constructive atmosphere.

    The four powers signed a communique emphasizing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. It was Putin who underscored the inviolability of the Syrian government of President Assad as the internationally recognized authority in the Arab country. The communique also endorsed the right of the Syrian nation to self-determination over the future political settlement, free from external interference.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Just because it was not invited to the conference, is no guarantee that the US government will do the right thing, which would be it's pulling its military from the country; Israel still wants, desperately, for the US to destabilize Syria to the point where it will become a failed state.

    And as of 24 September, 2018, John Bolton made the following statement:

    John Bolton says the US will stay in Syria until Iran and its Proxies are Gone

    For Bolton to have made this statement, it is painfully clear that the US government is perfectly fine with catching hostile fire from Syrian, Iranian, and/or Russian forces in Syria.

    This creates a potential for war by the US and Israel against Russia, Syria, and Iran.

    Nov 01 09:51

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 1, 2018: SDF HALTS OPERATION AGAINST ISIS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY BECAUSE OF TURKISH ATTACKS

    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which consist mainly of members of various Kurdish armed groups, declared on October 31 that they had halted their operation against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley because of Turkish attacks on their positions in northern Syria.

    The SDF blamed Turkey for its own inability to eliminate the ISIS-held area of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley and called on the so-called international community to pressure Ankara to stop its strikes on SDF targets. The SDF also vowed to retaliate to attacks.

    Oct 31 12:51

    Erdogan Vows to Crush US-Backed Kurdish YPG in Syria

    Speaking to Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday, President Erdogan vowed to see his country crush the Kurdish YPG militarily in Syria. He says all preparations for the long-threatened offensive are completed, and the active operations have started.

    Erdogan has railed about Kurdish “terrorists” for years, and has long insisted no Kurds be allowed west of the Euphrates River. Now, Erdogan says they will be totally destroyed east of the Euphrates River as well.

    Details are scant, beyond Erdogan promising to destroy them, and saying he will “come down hard on the terror organization with more extensive and effective operations.” The US has yet to comment on the matter.

    Oct 31 09:32

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 31, 2018: TURKEY FINISHES PREPARATIONS FOR NEW LARGE OPERATION AGAINST YPG

    Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) have erupted in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo.

    According to reports, units of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attacked NFL positions in the village of Kafr Hamra on October 29 and had gained full control of the area by the evening of October 30. Several NFL militants were killed or injured in the incident.

    Over the past few months, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has continued expanding its influence in the parts of Aleppo, Idlib and Lattakia provinces, which are included in de-escalation agreements. While Ankara claims that it keeps the situation under control there, developments on the ground clearly shows that Turkey has in—fact reached a kind of deal with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham that allows the terrorist group to operate freely within the de-escalation zone or Turkey has not enough influence to limit the group’s activity.

    Oct 30 10:55

    Turkey Calls Affiliated Militants to Stand on Alert for Imminent Fight against Kurds in Eastern Euphrates

    Turkey, which has been disappointed at the implementation of the Manbij agreement, has ordered affiliated militant groups in Northern Syria to be prepared for battle against Kurdish militias in Eastern Euphrates, media sources reported.

    Oct 30 09:39

    Russia, Germany, Turkey, France committed to Syria’s territorial integrity - communique

    The participants of the four-party summit in Istanbul - Russia, Turkey, Germany and France - are committed to the territorial integrity of Syria, according to a communique released by the German government on Saturday.

    The leaders of the four nations "confirmed their commitment to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," the document reads.

    They are "full of determination to resist separatist plans, aimed at undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as well as national security of neighboring states."

    Besides, the participants of the Istanbul meeting said they were ready to work on creating conditions for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. This will depend on providing them with "guarantees against armed conflicts, political persecution and unlawful detentions," as well as on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure to make sure that the population has access to water and electricity.

    Oct 28 09:36

    Turkey Demands Extradition of 18 Saudis Over Khashoggi Killing

    Turkish prosecutors have issued extradition requests for 18 people from Saudi Arabia suspected of participating in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month at the Istanbul consulate.

    Specifics of who is being requested is unclear, but it is believed to include the 15-man kill team that Turkey identified as having arrived in the country for the killing and departed more or less immediately thereafter.

    Oct 27 10:30

    ‘Whole world is watching’: Russia-Turkey-Germany-France talks on Syria kick off

    Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France have gathered in Istanbul to discuss the Syrian peace process. While the outcome of such tricky talks is hard to predict, the new format appears to be, at least, quite refreshing.

    Oct 27 06:28

    Syria peace talks set to begin in Istanbul

    Leaders have arrived in Istanbul for a four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on Saturday.

    The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Staffan de Mistura, the UN special Syria envoy, will also attend the summit, which is expected to be followed by a joint statement.
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    Diplomatic win'

    Al Jazeera's Zena Khodr, reporting from Istanbul, said "Russia and Turkey are billing this as a diplomatic win because they were able to bring the EU to the table".

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    Oct 25 11:38

    SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 25, 2018: MILITANTS PUSH IDLIB DEMILITARIZATION AGREEMENT TO COLLAPSE

    The Turkish government is continuing attempts to convince the international audience that the situation in the Idlib demilitarized zone is under control and that militant groups are fulfilling the terms of the agreement.

    Initially on October 8, Turkish state media claimed that all militant groups had withdrawn their heavy weapons and fulfilled obligations within the framework of the deal. Nonetheless, by October 15, after multiple violations of the ceasefire regime, it had appeared that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical militant groups had kept their weapons and members in the area. In order to propel the peaceful effort foward. Ankara and Moscow expanded the timeframe for the full implementation of the agreement further.

    Oct 25 10:14

    INTERPOL ALERT ISSUED BY TURKEY FOR EXILED JOURNALISTS PRESIDENT ERDOGAN WANTS TO TOSS IN JAIL

    Turkey's government has already locked up more than 70 journalists -- most of them in the wake of a failed coup. President Recep Erdogan says the imprisoned journalists are terrorists and criminals, but rather than offer evidence of wrongdoing, Erdogan just keeps throwing more of them in jail.

    The notoriously thin-skinned president has been eliminating dissent and criticism since he took power, so there's no reason to give his accusations of criminal activity credence. Erdogan has leaned on favorable laws elsewhere in the world to press for criminal charges and extradition of citizens of other nations who've offended his delicate sensibilities.

    As a player on the world stage, Erdogan and his government will use whatever tools they have available to continue to eliminate their critics. It appears Erdogan is now asking the world's police forces to help him track down journalists he hasn't yet jailed. (h/t Mutlu Civiroglu)

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Erdogan has pushed this country back into a neofeudal theocracy, with all the modern accouterments, like Russia's S-300, added to the mix, and any criticism of anything he does is not tolerated.

    Years ago, before he brought in his repressive reign, I would have said that Turkey was on my bucket list; but with him and his minions in power, not anymore.

    Oct 24 10:17

    Erdogan has outwitted Saudis at every turn over Khashoggi

    Short of declaring all-out war on the House of Saud, it is hard to imagine a more effective way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to inflict so much damage on the global standing of his Saudi rivals than his adroit handling of the Jamal Khashoggi affair.

    From the moment the journalist disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, Erdogan has proved himself to be a master manipulator in terms of handling the global media coverage. The steady drip-feed of revelations about the grisly fate Khashoggi is believed to have suffered has been skilfully designed to cause the Saudis maximum discomfiture.

    Oct 23 11:22

    KHASHOGGI’S BODY PARTS FOUND IN GARDEN OF SAUDI CONSUL GENERAL’S HOME – SKY NEWS SOURCE

    Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky News sources, who added that he had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured.”
    The sources’ claim echoes a statement by Do?u Perinçek, leader of the left-wing Vatan party on Monday night. Perinçek told Turkish television that Khashoggi’s “body parts” had been recovered from a well in the Saudi consul’s garden, and added that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would explain the findings later on Tuesday.

    The news comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains, after the Saudi government admitted Khashoggi had been murdered, albeit in a “fist fight” with officials inside the consulate in Istanbul.

    "Jamal Khashoggi's body parts have been discovered" - Sources have told @AlexCrawfordSky "grisly details" about how Jamal Khashoggi's body parts were discovered.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    While it is certainly not beyond Saudi Arabian royalty to plan such an event (they kill women and children routinely in Yemen, and think not a thing of it), why has the Turkish government not circulated the pictures which would authenticate this alleged find?!?

    So, Turkish government, where, please, is the actual evidence this happened?!?

    Because without it, your collective credibility is in tatters, if this is some sort of attempt at making the optics of this alleged assassination look even worse than they already are.

    Oct 23 06:05

    Can Saudi Arabia get away with murder?

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is promising to reveal the "naked truth" about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

    That will be the first official release of details.

    Unofficially, Turkish sources have repeatedly leaked gruesome accounts of how Khashoggi was killed and dismembered three weeks ago.

    The journalist was missing for two weeks before Saudi leaders eventually admitted his killing, they say by mistake.

    Their story has changed since then. What's being described as a "rogue operation" is the latest explanation.

    What is not changing is the kingdom's insistence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not order the operation to kill.

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    Oct 22 11:43

    Turkey gives jihadist rebels last warning to leave Idlib buffer zone – report

    The Turkish military has given the jihadist rebels inside the Idlib buffer zone one last warning to leave the designated demilitarized area, Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper reported this morning.

    Citing a source from the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front, Al-Watan reported that Ankara has repeatedly sent warnings to the jihadist groups about remaining inside the demilitarized zone that is located inside the Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama provinces.

    The Al-Watan report said that if the jihadist rebels refuse to leave the buffer zone, Turkey will allow the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian Air Force to resume their operations against them in northwestern Syria.

    Oct 21 06:59

    Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi Killed in Turkey, Arrests Several, Sacks Top General

    After two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh sacked a top general and arrested several people after confessing that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Turkish city of Istanbul, but made no mention of where his body is.

    Saudi Arabia said in a Friday announcement that the preliminary results of its investigation indicate Khashoggi had been killed in a "fight with people who met him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul”.

    Saudi Attorney-General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb stated that Khashoggi died after "discussions" at the consulate devolved into an altercation.

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    (*it could be that Khashoggi could have assumably been on The Soros Payroll )

    Oct 20 08:44

    Syria: The endgame

    It looks like President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria. But who will win the peace?

    In the debut episode of The Take, a new podcast by Al Jazeera's Jetty Studios, we explore the final play in Syria: The country's die-hard rebels are locked in a corner, the Syrian government is opening borders, and the outside powers that supported opposing sides are now striking deals.

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    Oct 19 04:33

    What does the Saudi consul’s departure mean?

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    Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi’s departure on Oct. 16 is a very intriguing development in the midst of this debate

    Whatever happened to Khashoggi in the consulate happened in a place under his authority. Therefore, he has a responsibility. At least his testimony as a witness is of crucial importance for the prosecutors who are leading the investigation to shed light on what exactly happened.

    According to the Vienna Convention, there is no obstacle in asking for his testimony or even detaining him.

    With his departure from Turkey, Al-Otaibi has left behind an inexplicable contradiction.

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    Oct 18 06:57

    Washington, Riyadh, Ankara Striking Deal

    Arab Daily: Washington, Riyadh, Ankara Striking Deal on Khashoggi's Case

    A leading Arab newspaper said events in the past few days indicate that a deal is in the offing among the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to whitewash accusations against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after his order to murder prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    "Some signs of a political deal among Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US in Khassogi's assassination case have appeared in the past three days," the Arabic-language al-Ahd wrote on Wednesday.

    It questioned the reason for a delay in declaring the results of investigations into Khashoggi's case, and added, "Possibly they want to implement a plot like Lockerby case and say that three people abducted Khashoggi and then put them on trial to exonerate bin Salman."

    This is while the Turkish sources and the US media have reported that bin Salman has directly issued the order to murder Khashoggi and Washington is in possession of a recorded voice of the Saudi crown prince>>>

    Oct 18 06:03

    Turkish Source Says Jamal Khashoggi's Killing Took Seven Minutes

    It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist's last moments told Middle East Eye (MEE).

    Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said>>>

    (*How the Frig does Turkey end up right in the middle of Everything , all the time ?)

    Pompeo Suggests US May Lift Turkey Sanctions

    Oct 18 05:46

    Turkey Has 11 Minute Audio Track Of 'Khashoggi Assault'

    Turkish authorities have an audio recording which indicates that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official has told Al Jazeera.

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    Oct 17 08:58

    Allegations about Khashoggi's death --- The whole scenario looks like a poorly written B-movie script

    Could it have happened as reported in the press so far, as improbable as it may appear? Yes, of course.  Does it appear highly unlikely? Yes to that, also.

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